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September will settle down with Sony spells and it will get warmer -

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sunny spells. A story with a happy ending.

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We felt they were intensely very dangerous.

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Our investigation revealed high levels of dangerous chemicals,

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despite the packets being labelled `s safe.

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Also tonight; form an orderly queue ` Coventry City fans turn ott

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in force to get their hands on tickets for a return to the Ricoh.

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From top notes to pound notds, the big music artists helping to

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It's great to see them back in our home city. Support is there for

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club. From top notes to pound notds,

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the big music artists helping to And it's the last weekend in August,

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the final one before the schools go back and typhcally

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there's loads going on ` so will the weather play ball for events

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like this that are relying on it? A leading toy store chain h`s

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withdrawn a range of plastic charms ` after a BBC Midlands Todax

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investigation found high levels The charms hang

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from loom band bracelets ` Charms bought from 'The Entdrtainer'

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store in Birmingham ` contained high levels of phthalates

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which can cause cancer. Children from all over the TK love

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them but it's the challenge that can be attached to them that ard under

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the microscope. A fortnight ago we tested a batch of times and found

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some contained high levels of phthalates and could cause cancer,

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they never reached the shops. In my interview, I gave them a pack of

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times I had bought in Birmingham City centre. It to tell looking at

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the packet. It should stipulate it conforms to European standards, but

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there is a lot of text here which I can't understand, so it's dhfficult

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to tell. I'd purchased the charms from

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The Entertainer, the UK's l`rgest Small sections of

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the charms were cut out, dissolved The Assay Office found ALL of them

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did NOT comply with EU legislation ` To put it into context,

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the permitted level of phth`lates But this white ball containdd

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1.0% banned phthalates. This blue and pink one 9.3%

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and most shocking of all, this white and yellow charm was found to

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contain 40.2% banned phthal`tes It will get into your systel through

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sacking and obviously a charm hanging off a bracelet is a high

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risk item, for a child to stck, so that's why we felt they werd

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potentially dangerous. The pack also has a CE stamp

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on the packaging ` which should mean the charms comply with EU s`fety

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standards but the results stggest Now those charms have been tested `

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I went back to see if they're still Well I've just been into thd

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Entertainer in the Bullring and here I thought I'd see if they wdre

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stocked in any of their othdr stores They're not exactly

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the same pack but they do contain a couple of the same charms,

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and the packaging is also the same. After buying

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the charms, we approached The Entertainer with our findings

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and action is now being takdn. In a statement

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the Entertainer told the BBC: Trading Standards says it's

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going to look into the case. We can speak with the supplher, go

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to the retailer, ask them where they got it from, wholesalers,

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importers, more flexible but as I menthoned,

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the permitted level of phth`lates is no .1% concentration. Let's be

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clear, a lot of parents could be quite worried, the danger hdre is

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with the charms, not the bands? Yes, the charms that are causing a

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problem, the elastic bands ` day to be absolutely fine. In the last

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half`hour we have heard frol a spokesman for the supplier, who

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supplied the entertainer, and the company says, when we becamd aware

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phthalates, we suspended delivery and further shipments of anx items,

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we also re`initiated testing of all relevant products. Since receiving

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their BBC report we liaise In fact so many supporters turned up

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there was talk that next Frhday s match against Gillingham cotld

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attract a record attendance. They want to fill the place just to

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show everybody they are back. Anonymous, have been taking part

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in the first of a planned four day The group claims that mass

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surveillance by the intelligence Security has been increased at GCHQ,

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with police drafted in The intelligence headquarters

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has always maintained that hts We understand the role GCHQ has to

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play, wouldn't understand why there are continuing measures being taken

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against the public, against their forms of communication and their

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freedom of movement on the Hnternet. Everything I have heard frol

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government, GCHQ, people like William Hague who looked only at the

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kind of requests for surveillance, suggests to me that the system is

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working and GCHQ bends over backwards to stay within thd law.

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Our top story tonight: Plastic charms containing high levels of

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Plastic charms containing hhgh levels of cancer causing chdmicals,

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shop. Rebecca will bring us our ddtailed

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weather forecast shortly ` `lso in tonight's programme Portrait of a

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potaholic ` Royal Worcester World expert Henry Sandon immortalised on

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canvas. And the Shropshire cyclist with a

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mountain to climb ` 268 kilometres over the Himalayas in one d`y.

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If you have a story you think we should be covering on Midlands

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He's a self`confessed pottery fanatic who likes nothing more than

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a cup of tea drunk out of a Royal Worcester bone china cup.

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And as the World expert on Royal Worcester porcelain, Henry

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Sandon has already been honoured with an MBE, appearances on This is

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Now he's been immortalised on canvas.

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Just a warning this report by Cath Mackie contains flash photography.

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He has spent his life examining precious objects. Now Henry Santon

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has become that rarity, a n`tional treasure, who cleans up rather well.

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I think it's fabulous, makes me look happy, which is what I alwaxs am,

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I'm delighted. It's usually royalty who get this kind of recepthon at a

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portrait unveiling but he is the king of Royal Worcester. I was at

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school across the road and H would sneak out and spend hours whth my

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dad, you would teach me abott the exhibits in the museum, what more

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enthusiastic teacher could H have? I've never seen anything better than

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this. His love has been shared in regular appearances on TV. H admired

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the qualities, there has never been any better painters or guilders or

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craftsman. When he arrived `s the curator of the Royal Worcester

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museum, there were more than 10 0 people working next door, using

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skills perfected over 200 ydars The factory has closed but one Laster

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guilder still gives demonstrations. They used to sit and watch, it is

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people like Henry who have ` big insight into the manufacturhng

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process. The portrait was commissioned by Cynthia Crawford who

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worked for the former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Incredible

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ambassador for the city. Such a joy just to see him. You can't seem

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without smiling. I hate thinking that when I go to having cole ``

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heaven, they have a stick or polystyrene! He will be abld to look

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after his Royal Worcester collection for all time.

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Both the Fusion and Moseley Folk Festivals are taking

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Music tourism as it's called is big busindss

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bringing in an estimated ?120 million into the region every year.

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Just as importantly festivals can get cities talked about

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and raise their profile nathonally and internationally.

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Our reporter Ben Sidwell is in Moseley for us.

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So Ben, are festivals being seen not just as fun, but

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Absolutely, you just have to look around here, both here and `t Fusion

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Festival, tens of thousands of people will turn up into Birmingham,

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many of those from outside the area and bringing money into the West

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Midlands. Which is why Birmhngham is so keen to become known as `

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Festival city. Hidden away in a secluded Bhrmingham

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Park, the Moseley folk Festhval now in its ninth year and a regtlar on

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the music festival calendar, which is a calendar getting fuller by the

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year. We are very central, accessible, we have the

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infrastructure in place. From reggae to electronic, to folk and roots

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like today, with the metal scene being so potent in Birmingh`m, I

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think they have it covered. More festivals mean more people which is

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what Birmingham SO keen to gain a reputation as a Festival city. They

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bring far more income for the local businesses than you ever spdnd on

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them, also it's about doing Birmingham a positive profile

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nationally. It's not just boutique festivals, this year one of the

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biggest in the country, wirdless, chose Birmingham as its second base.

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And this weekend around 25,000 people will descend on the park to

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see many reformers. `` performers at Fusion Festival. You have a family

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audience, the music audiencd, there are a lot of opportunities. Half of

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those coming to festivals and concerts are music tourists here,

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totalling around a million people each year. Doesn't take much longer

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than trying to drive into London, we think it's more friendly appear

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Birmingham doesn't boast about itself enough, it's a fantastic

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city, we love it, and there is all manner of stuff going on, wd don't

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really go, hey, where great Whereas other cities do. Birmingham may be

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the second city but it is hoping to soon have the reputation to be the

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first place to come for festivals. As you can probably hear, things are

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going on here, it's been underway for about five hours. Let's speak to

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one of the organisers. Birmhngham does seem to be turning into a

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Festival city, that has to be good for the area. It's amazing for the

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area and economy, ten years ago there were few festivals gohng on

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and now we have some major ones we have Fusion, people coming to the

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city. Is it a reputation thhng, success breeds success? Espdcially

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with the bigger festivals, seeing the success of the Moseley folk

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Festival, work gets out of Birmingham is a good place to come

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musically and the bigger colpanies want to come here. We want the

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reputation as a Festival city but Birmingham has a repetition on its

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own, it'll take a bit to ch`nge it to be a musical Festival city was

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Mike a lot of bands have cole from Birmingham, there is a lot of talent

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here now. It will take years but it is getting to the point of

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recognition. You get people coming from further afield. Have pdople

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from Australia, Japan, Amerhca, mainland Europe. I have to say,

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talking to people here, a lot of it is word`of`mouth and that is what

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Birmingham is hoping, that lore and more people will speak about how

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good things are and then cole here for a music festival. But there are

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plenty of other festivals in weekend, including one in Worcester

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and a very different one in Stoke`on`Trent. Yes, the we`ther is

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making the music at this festival, a three`day arts festival with musical

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installations, pop`up Art, costing ?3 million from the Arts Cotncil. I

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will find out more later. A cyclist from Shropshire whll be

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the first British man to attempt a gruelling mountain bike r`ce `

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over the Himalayas. James Griffiths leaves this weekend

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to take part in 'The Tour of the Dragon', 268 kilometres

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over mountain passes in Bhutan. The athlete,

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who lives near Bridgnorth, hs When your heart pounds, you struggle

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for every breath. Headaches, nausea, that's how it feels to cycld at high

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altitude. And that's what installed for this Shropshire cyclist as he

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faces his toughest challengd yet. This is the bike and this is James.

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It is a bespoke build, you have the clip, petals, light weight tyres,

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and the frame itself, titanhum frame, comfortable for riding long

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distances, durable and lightweight. Some people say this is the most

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challenging one`day race in the world, what's so challenging about

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it? The altitude, above 3000 metres, the distance, 268 kilometres,

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proportion of it is in the dark as well. Four mountain passes, more

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than 3000 metres high, 4000 metres of climbing. We have a week for him

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to acclimatise that some of the guys out there, this will be thehr fourth

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year of entering, the same guy has been winning every year! Colpleting

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it is his first name. Cows, potholed and even the risk of tigers, this is

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cycling in the extreme. Why does he want to do it? I love an adventure

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and the opportunity has comd round, you can't say no. James thinks he

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will complete in 15 hours. Now all he needs to do is survive it. There

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are plenty of other things going on this weekend. I'm intrigued by this

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forest. I am in social Forest Park in the centre of Hanley, thdre is a

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bit of an orchestra going on, being created by the wind and the

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materials have been collectdd, including a drum from an orchestra.

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First of all, please explain what is happening here. We have got the big

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feast weekend, we are filling the streets of Hanley city centre with

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loads of art, activity for people to get involved in, you can be part of

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the gig, the smallest music venue, you can have a one to one gdek,

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there are loads of things to get involved in. Stoke has an artistic

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history but it seems like it may be overlooked. Is this a way to get

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them back in enjoying the arts? We're trying to show them art can

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happen anywhere, can happen in parks, something for everyone,

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showing the Brits of the he`rts and this does that, epitomises what

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we're trying to do. You are behind this installation. It is we`ther

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dependent, which is great. Tell us about what is going on. This is

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seven artists, they have each made a piece of work which responds to the

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wind with sound. We use flutes, strings, fans, fans, electronic

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things, they respond to the wind. My piece is howling wire, its long

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strings stretched to this company drum, it catches the wind and

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vibrates. Finally, someone who is pleased see the wind about! Lots

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going on, it's all free and happening across the city cdntre.

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A bit of a whistling in the background, organisers of the event

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are hoping for a nice breezx weekend, everybody else going to

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outdoor events will want it calm and dry and sunny?

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We have got quite a lot in store, you don't need me to tell you it has

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been quite an messy day tod`y. We have some grey skies overhe`d, it is

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going to improve over the ndxt few days. It's not go to be a total

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wash`out this weekend. Some sunny spells once the shower is clear and

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by Sunday, things are looking much better. Overnight, a few showers

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rattling about, working thehr way across the Midlands, they whll

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eventually start to die out and we will get some clear spells. As we

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start tomorrow, still a few showers, particularly across North

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Staffordshire. The wins will still be strong, we will see tempdratures

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taking a bit of a knock. On Sunday, finally we start to see the winds

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easing, a bit chilly on Sattrday night because we get some clear

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skies, the temperatures will drop a bit further, particularly in rural

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spots. Sunday, things will settle down, the sun will come out, the

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isobars are widening which leans the winds are taking a bit of a dip

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Temperatures managing decline in the sunshine with the lighter whnds it

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will feel very pleasant indded. `` managing to climb. By Mondax, the

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remnants of the hurricane, not too bad, some cloud will sit across as

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but once it does clear, it will be slow to clear. When it does, it is a

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better picture and as we he`d into September, we will see things get

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warmer again, return to somd, really, after what has been a very

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chilly August. `` return to some. Tonight's headlines from thd

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BBC The UK's terror threat level is raised from substantial to severe `

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meaning an attack is highly likely. A search for a seriously ill five

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year old who's been taken from hospital by his parents ` and is now

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missing Plastic charms cont`ining high levels of cancer causing

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chemicals, sold in the UK's largest And Coventry City fans turn out

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in force to get their hands on

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